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Monday News: Comic artistry, library stories, publisher acquisitions, the lack of professional reviewers, and a movie trailer mashup

Monday News: Comic artistry, library stories, publisher acquisitions, the lack of...

“When my stories aren’t so based on monsters or fantastical creatures, my characters do tend to be Asian-American, even if they don’t explicitly deal with Asian-American issues. There are always going to be little details that signify that they’re Japanese-American or Asian-American, whether it’s their names or the food that they eat or the things they talk about. I think it has a significant role in how I make my artwork and how I tell my stories.” NPR

“The DPLA has its roots in the controversial Google library scanning program. Alarmed that one for-profit company might soon enjoy a lock on a large part of our cultural heritage, a coalition of library leaders, technologists, and archivists in 2010 created the blueprint for what would become the nonprofit Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)—an “open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources” that would draw on collections from the nation’s libraries, universities, archives, and museums.” Publishers Weekly

“The acquisition includes approximately 250 romance, YA, and genre fiction titles in the Lyrical Press backlist. Kensington will immediately begin acquiring new titles for Lyrical Press, as well as expanding its publicity, marketing, and editorial departments in order to dedicate the resources necessary to support and grow the new imprint. All eBooks published under the Lyrical Press imprint will be DRM-free, and books over 60,000 words will be available as print-on-demand editions.” Kensington Publishing

“THERE are many who will not mourn the displacement of literary culture’s traditional elite, dominated as it was by white, middle-aged men of comfortable means and conservative taste. Jeff Bezos, the C.E.O. of Amazon, aimed to exploit such disillusion with the old ways when announcing the launch of Kindle Direct. The self-publishing e-book program would, he claimed, produce “a more diverse book culture” with “no expert gatekeepers saying ‘sorry, that will never work.’ ” But to express discomfort at the attrition of expert opinion is not to defend the previous order’s prerogatives. Nor is it elitist to suggest that making the values and personnel of such professional hierarchies more representative is preferable to dispensing with them” The New York Times

Daily Deals: Quirky romance

Daily Deals: Quirky romance

Two recommended reads featuring quirky romances from Theresa Weir.  Both are 99c although Girl with the Cat Tattoo is free on Amazon.

The Girl With the Cat Tattoo by Theresa WeirGeek with the Cat Tattoo [NOOK Book] by Theresa Weir

Heaven Should Fall by Rebecca ColemanHeaven Should Fall by Rebecca Coleman. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

From the critically acclaimed author of The Kingdom of Childhood and Inside These Walls comes a heart-wrenching story of a family’s devotion—to each other and to their country.

Alone since her mother’s death, Jill Wagner believes she’s found the perfect partner in Cade Olmstead when he bursts upon her life—idealistic, handsome and motivated. He dreams of becoming a congressman and changing the world, and Jill is ready to stand at his side for the journey. When she discovers she is pregnant with Cade’s baby, Jill accepts that she must put college on hold for the sake of their new family. But it won’t be the only sacrifice she’ll have to make.

Relocating to the Olmsteads’ New England farm, Jill is excited to welcome the baby surrounded by Cade’s family. But life on the farm isn’t the idyllic retreat she’d imagined. Cade’s brother Elias, a soldier newly returned from Afghanistan, is struggling to recover from the experience of war, and Jill is unsettled to find the family home is no less a battlefield than the one Elias left behind.

When unexpected tragedy strikes, Cade is afflicted most of all—his idealism quickly transforms into bitterness and paranoia. Before she knows it, Jill’s once-ambitious husband becomes a desperate man willing to endanger them all in the name of vengeance?unless Jill can find a way out.

If you love emotionally charged, issue-driven novels, don’t miss Inside These Walls and The Kingdom of Childhood, available now.

PW says “Despite chapters told from both Cade’s and Jill’s viewpoints, motivations (Cade’s abrupt and jarring shift toward anti-government rhetoric; Jill’s passive acceptance of her fate) remain murky, but chapters that adopt Cade’s mother and sister’s perspectives add layers to this hazy tale of family loyalty gone horribly awry.”

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The Maid's Daughter Janice MaynardThe Maid’s Daughter by Janice Maynard. $ Free

From the Jacket Copy:

He thought he was finished rescuing damsels in distress. After all, hadn’t playing hero gotten millionaire Devlyn Wolff into enough trouble? Still, when a car accident lands Gillian Carlyle at his feet, he can’t walk away?even when he learns of her connection to his past.

Giving Gillian a job with his new business venture is not Devlyn’s way of assuaging age-old guilt. Nor is it a way to keep her close. At least he tells himself that, even as he knows seducing the maid’s daughter will lead him where he never meant to go?.

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Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin Novels) by Patrick O'BrianMaster and Commander (Vol. Book 1) by Patrick O’Brian. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:


The beginning to the sweeping Aubrey/Maturin series. “The best sea story I have ever read.”—Sir Francis Chichester

This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship’s surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

One of the first books to get the slash treatment was the Master and Commander series. I’ve heard that it’s a tremendous series. My aunt loves it and I’ve read that Naomi Novik started out writing fan fiction of this series. You can see how she was influenced in her Temeraire series.

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The Night Gwen Stacy Died by Sarah BruniThe Night Gwen Stacy Died by Sarah Bruni. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

An offbeat love story about the adventures and mutual rescue of a young woman out of place in her hometown and a mysterious stranger who calls himself Peter Parker (and begins to cast her in the role of Spider-Man’s first sweetheart), The Night Gwen Stacy Died is about first loss, first love, and finding our real identities.

PW writes “Despite an oddly swampy ending, the novel’s quirky tone and accessible themes of rescue and recovery make for a likeable read.”

What is an oddly swampy ending? This book sounds kind of sweet, dark New Adult. Library Journal says ” ough with dark psychology, rich with introspection and emotion, this beautifully written book will appeal to fans of Spider-Man comics as well as coming-of-age fiction.”

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